Soccer-Villa agree to sign midfielder Tielemans

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City v West Ham United - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - May 28, 2023 Leicester City's Youri Tielemans reacts Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

(Reuters) - Midfielder Youri Tielemans will join Aston Villa next season, the Premier League club said on Saturday.

After the expiration of his contract with Leicester City, the 26-year-old Belgium international is set to join the club on July 1.

Leicester's relegation last season prompted Tielemans to seek a new opportunity and he becomes Villa's first signing of the summer transfer window.

Tielemans attained hero status at the King Power Stadium in 2021 by scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Having started his career at Belgian side Anderlecht, Tielemans moved to AS Monaco in 2017 before joining Leicester two years later.

Villa finished seventh in the Premier League last season, earning them a spot in the Europa Conference League.

(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk, editing by Ed Osmond)

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